Washing my CDs

This post is intentionally for my record keeping, because I have a few brands of CDs now and I noticed each one have quite a different washing setting, but generally speaking they are the same. So just in case I forgot or I need to get someone to help me with handling the CDs, this post would be helpful!

1. Rumparooz (http://www.kangacare.com/Wash-and-Care.html)

To Wash:

1 Cold rinse
2 *Hot wash: add the recommended amount of detergent for the appropriate load size.
3 Cool rinse
4 Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry in indirect sunlight.

2. Grovia (http://www.gro-via.com/laundry-extras-diaper-care.html)

Hybrid Shells All-in-One Diapers & Soaker Pads
  • Always tuck your Hook & Loop tabs under the laundry loops on wash day.
  • Wash on **WARM (not hot or sanitize cyles).
  • Hang to dry. If drying outside, dry mesh side-up to avoid fading of prints/colors.
  • DO NOT tumble dry.
  • Dispose of solid waste in the toilet. Using liners or a mini shower to rinse will help make this simple.
  • Wash your diapers on **warm with sufficient detergent.
  • Tumble dry, or hang to dry inside-up.

3. bumGenius (http://www.bumgenius.com/customer-support/)

If the diaper has hook & loop closures, secure the laundry tabs.
Pre-wash cold to remove waste and fight stains.
Wash hot (140F/60C) with bumGenius detergent to cleanse your diapers.
Follow with a second rinse.
Line-dry covers and diaper shells. Tumble dry inserts, fitteds and prefolds.

4. Charlie Banana (https://www.charliebanana.com/Care-Instructions_ep_50-1.html)

Knock solids into the toilet and shake or rinse off any residue. Remove the washable insert and store both diaper and insert in either a dry diaper pail or a pail of water until ready for washing. Wash in cold or warm water to a maximum of 40C. Use any eco-friendly detergent, only half of the recommended amount is needed. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. Tumble dry on low or hang to dry.

From the list above, it is obviously seen that most diapers in my stash can be washed in hot – not exceeding 60degC though, except the Charlie Banana’s and the Grovia AIO newborn diapers..I still need more research on the temperature setting for Grovia since the website suggests WARM setting. Since I only have 6 CB diapers so it would be quite easy for me to just ensure that whenever I’m using it, the dirty ones be put in a separate pail so it will be washed separately.

On the detergent point of view, I have soapnuts and Waitrose (non-bio), and there’s a few other non-bio (or at least Tide Original – 1/4 cup) that I can find quite easily here too, so for now I think I’ll stick to that.

Ok so here’s the routine I think I will do for my cloth diapers (except for CB) using my non HE machine:

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1. Pre rinse with Rinse+Spin, adding Extra Rinse = ~ 30 mins (no detergent), or I could opt for Quick Wash setting = ~ 22 mins). My machine doesn’t have “no spin” setting, if not it will be great as if I stop at rinse only, the diapers will get wet and heavy!

2. Wash hot (Cotton 60degC), Intensive Wash (Heavy Duty), Extra Rinse with detergent = 1:50 – 2++ hours for full load. For warm wash, I’d go with 40degC.

3. Cold rinse with Rinse+Spin = ~ 15 mins, maybe with Extra Rinse too

And then SMELL them! I don’t own a dryer but it’s fine since we have abundance of SUN in the Middle East, so I’ll just line dry them under the sun, so washing will have to be done the first thing in the morning, every other day. In the winter (Nov – Mar) the daytime is shorter so need to fully utilize the sun. Other than that, especially in summer, I think the drying will be just excellent!

Another thing that needs extra attention is on water hardness. We have hard water here but I know some mamas in the UAE with some routine and detergent they use, so will see how it goes for me!

And for now let’s just concentrate on the late third trimester pregnancy !

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My Cloth Diapers (CDs)

Hello!

I have been cloth diapering since my eldest was 14mo, at that time we had a nanny as I was working (in Malaysia). My girlfriend introduced me to CD and at first I was quite worried whether it’ll work for us but after thinking carefully and actually tried it, I was convinced. Back then my preferred brand was Rump-a-Rooz, I bought in from an online reseller in Kuala Lumpur. However, there were a few things I didn’t do quite right in terms of cloth diapering as I did not read thoroughly so I  missed a lot actually.

Here’s what I didn’t do right:

1. Prepping the cloth diaper before use. Well, as far as I remembered, I did prewash them, but I handwashed only. But it’s quite alright, because prewashing is actually to get rid of the production dirt whatsoever, and I wasn’t using hemp/bamboo insert that needs 4-6 washes before use to improve absorbency.

2. Keeping the pooped & peed diapers. I soaked them all after rinsing :(,  when we could actually just throw them in a pail with liner (rinse the pooped ones first) and wash them during laundry day. Because I only have less than 10 cds so I had to wash everyday; I should’ve stocked some more so that I could save the water, detergent and electricity by washing it alternate days.

3. I used to tell the nanny to wash it at the end of the day with the machine, but she chose to handwash it and I thought that’s ok. Turn out it’s not! As it needs to be washed in warm/hot to properly clean it. AND she used fabric softener too, because we thought it will make it smells nice! That’s a big NO in cloth diapering.

4. Another thing that make me regret is applying diaper creams! My daughter has a sensitive skin although she’s on breastmilk so before we used cds, we had to apply a lot of diaper creams – organic and non organic. Although she didn’t get any rashes when on cds, we still use them out of habit.

5. When she’s almost 2yo, we had many leak events we thought she outgrown the one size diaper that we decided to stop using cds.. Little that we know we mishandled the cds all this while.

How did I notice this, is simply because nowadays I had plenty of time researching about cloth diaper since we are having a new baby soon, since I’m a sahm now so I thought I’m gonna start again, properly. That will be shared in the next post!

I’m a SAHM

Hello everyone, I’m a Malaysian sahm living in Muscat, Oman with a 2yo daughter and a second one due in January 2015.

The main reason of this blog is to share my daily (struggle) life as a sahm towards natural parenting. So what’s the fuss about natural parenting? Well, after reading it through, there are at least three things in it: babywearing, breastfeeding and cloth diapering. This is not something new to me as I did the last two on my daughter, only maybe not religiously due to work. Now that I am a stay-at-home-mommy, I really want to take this opportunity to start again as much as I could.

I will be sharing my references and day-to-day activities, for my own reading and yours too. I really want to make it as useful as it can be to all of you readers, maybe I’m not an expert but it’s something that we as parents could consider. So happy reading and happy natural parenting!!